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David Beckham schmoozes Miami politicians over potential soccer franchise

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Miami loves a star.

And David Beckham, more clothed than in his Super Bowl Sunday underwear commercial, is one.

The retired soccer icon spent more than an hour Tuesday night schmoozing with politicians, jetsetters and ordinary people at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall as he tried to gain momentum for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

“There's going to be a few bumps along the way, but we're going to make the team in Miami not just the best team in America,” he said in brief remarks to the crowd, “we're going to take the team global.”

About 200 people, including more than a handful of Miami-Dade County and city of Miami commissioners, milled at the lobby of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts venue, most of them remarkably punctual – presumably not to miss a chance to pose for a selfie with Becks.

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Ed Jenkins

The citizens remind our political leaders that there is no interest among the citizens to pay for another stadium that benefits a group of owners at the citizens expense and they also remind the political leaders that any lease or sale of government land should be at market rates thought the citizens would encourage the sale of this land as government is not meant to be a landowner. They welcome these soccer team people if they are willing to invest only their money for a stadium but would not recommend it since the people of this country have been told numerous times that they would enjoy this primitive game but in the end it has failed every time because this country has more advanced and entertaining games. The people would recommend another country to these investors which does not have advanced and entertaining games that this country has.

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